Oakland County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:24:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 PODCAST: The Future Of Automotive & Mobility With Glenn Stevens of MichAuto http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/glenn-stevens-michauto-mas17/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/16/glenn-stevens-michauto-mas17/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:54:04 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39639

What’s the future for Detroit & Michigan’s all important automotive sector?

This week Sven Gustafson’s guest across the table is Glenn Stevens, the Executive Director of MichAuto and we do a deep dive ahead of the MichAuto Summit on December 5 & 6.

Getting into the weeds is what we do and it’s a fascinating conversation if you’re connected to this industry or want Detroit’s economy to move forward. We touch on the auto industry, autonomous vehicles, venture capital investment, and what the future of mobility looks like.

Talent is a huge piece of that puzzle, and automotive and mobility companies are looking for Detroit’s best and brightest.

The summit at the College for Creative Studies will go further than our conversation tonight, and if you’re interested in working in the auto industry you might want to check it out. 

Thanks to Queens Bar for being host this week and Podcast Detroit for all of their support. http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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These 24 Holiday Events In Metro Detroit Will Put You In The Spirit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/15/24-holiday-events-metro-detroit-will-put-spirit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/15/24-holiday-events-metro-detroit-will-put-spirit/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:06:34 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39526  ‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for holiday events around Detroit, this is your ticket.

While putting together this list, we already saw that events were starting to sell out this early in the season, so make sure to get on it!

We’ll see you out there.

1. 14th Annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Get into the holiday spirit in Campus Martius on Friday, November 17. Come watch the 60+ foot Norwegian Spruce from Cadillac be lit. There will be carriage rides, live performances from Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas and Thronetta Davis with special guest KEM. U.S. Olympic Medalist Jeremy Abbott will also be skating. The tree lighting will happen at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

Where: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue Detroit

2. Light Up Beacon Park

The Detroit Tree Lighting has expanded to Beacon Park this year. There will be a live video feed of the tree lighting, fire pits, Santa, Thronetta Davis performances, and interactive light installations by Quartier des spectacles, Montréal. There will also be free shuttles between Beacon Park and Campus Martius all evening.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Beacon Park 1903 Grand River Avenue, Detroit

3. Wayne County Lightfest at Hines Park

Get in the car and take a drive through Hines Park and enjoy the 47 plus holiday light displays. This is considered the midwest’s largest and longest light show.

You can find more information here.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

When: November 16 through December 31, 2017

Where: Entrance to the Wayne County Lightfest is 7651 Merriman Road Westland, Michigan

4. Bedrock Downtown Detroit Markets

Get your shopping done while you’re downtown at this years Downtown Detroit Markets. This year there will be 30 small businesses taking part in the markets this year.

Admission: Free

When: Friday, November 17, 2017 – Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1001 Woodward, Cadillac Square and Capital Park

5. Northwest Detroit Farmer’s Market Thanksgiving Market

A selection of local vendors like Baer Poultry Farm, Good Medicine Farm, Five Star Cakes, Sweet Potato Delights, Mo’ Jams and Jellies, GreenHouse Soups & Chili’s, Scott-Tish Bee and Honey, Simply Irresistible Popcorn and Mama Subee’s Kitchen will be offering their goods for an afternoon. There will be seasonal veggies and holiday décor as well.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: 19556 Grand River, Detroit

6. Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo

What is there to say about Wild Lights at The Detroit Zoo? The zoo has been turned into a winter wonderland filled with over 5 million LED lights.

Admission: Price range from $10 to $16 depending on the entrance time and day chosen. You can purchase tickets here. Word of advice, get your tickets now. They sell out quickly.

When: November 18-19, 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, 26-31 5:30 to 9 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays • 5:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: The Detroit Zoo 8450 W.10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

7. Holiday Markets In Eastern Market

Michigan-made holiday shopping galore will happen at Eastern Market on six different days this year. Also, Santa will be by December 9 & 10!

You can find more information here.

Price: Admission is free.

When: Here are the dates: Tuesday, November 21; Sunday, November 26; Sunday, December 3; Sunday, December 10; Sunday, December 17; and Tuesday, December 19.

Where: Eastern Market, 2934 Russell Detroit, Michigan

8. America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Strategic Staffing Solutions Float

What: The parade on Thanksgiving Day down Woodward is an annual tradition in downtown Detroit. It returns with floats and bands and fun for all ages. There are free spots to grab up the route and you can get tickets for the grandstands.

Price: Free to $70 if you want to be fancy with your tickets.

When: Thursday, November 23

Where: Downtown Detroit

9. BYOB Light Tour

If you’re looking to get on a luxury bus, drink all the things and see a bunch of lights, there’s a tour from Allstar Services that starts at the Rochester Tap Room, goes to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, to a few other light displays, and then to Campus Martius and back. Remember to BYOB.

Admission: $48.75-$65. Tickets here.

When: Multiple days from November 24 to December 30.

Where: Rochester Tap Room. 6870 N Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

10. Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

Take a stroll through Meadow Brook while it is decorated for the holidays. The tour will end with a candy cane lane to Santa and Sweets.

Admission: $20 for adults, $7.50 for children 17 and under, children under 2 are free. There are additional discounts for Oakland University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and military with ID. You can purchase tickets here.

When: November 24 through December 23

Where: Meadow Brook Hall 350 Estate Drive Rochester, Michigan 48309

11. Made In The Mitten Holiday Market

Looking for some cool Michigan made products to give as gifts? Check out this holiday market at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. More information found here.

Admission: $2 for adults, children under 10 are free

When: Saturday, November 25 from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market 316 E 11 Mile Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

12. Santa’s Magic Forest

Taylor’s Heritage Park will be turned into Santa’s Magic Forest this holiday season. Come out and see Santa and check out the displays. Some of them are actually from the original Hudson Department Store downtown. The proceeds raised will go towards the Fish & Loaves Community Pantry.

Find out more information here.

Admission: $3, children under 3 are free. Pictures with Santa $8. Cash only

When: Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, December 23. Hours vary based on the day.

Where: Heritage Park 12111 Pardee Taylor, Michigan 48180

13. Good Karma Christmas Holiday Market and Party

This holiday market not only has an opportunity to pick up gifts but also allows you to give back to others as it is on “Giving Tuesday.” There will be local organizations and causes at the event. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the foster care program at the Judson Center.

You can find out more information about the organizations here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

14. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Viewing 

Got a train lover in your home? Come check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it passes through Romulus. There will be concessions for sale. Bundle up, bring those lawn chairs, and some non-perishable foods to donate to area food banks.

Find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Thursday, November 30 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Romulus, North of the Romulus Historical Park, on Goddard Road.

15. Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Holiday nights. Via The Henry Ford

Go back in time this season at Greenfield Village. The Main Street will be filled with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. The evening will finish off with a fireworks display.

 Admission: $26 for adults, $23.50 for seniors and $19.50 for children 3-11. You can also have dinner with Santa or Holiday dinner at the Eagle Tavern. You can purchase tickets here.

When: December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-7 and 29-30 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Greenfield Village 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

16. Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Looking for some fun and quirky gifts this holiday season? If so, head over to the Masonic Temple for this three-day craft fair. You’ll never know what you’ll find with over 100 different vendors.

You can find out more information here.

Admission: $10 on Friday for opening night and $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are free.

When: Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours- Friday: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan

17. Kris Kringle Market in Rochester

Downtown Rochester will be hosting the Kris Kringle Market. This open-air market will have shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens and wreaths, and handmade gifts.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: December 1-2, Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: W. Fourth Street between Walnut & Main in Downtown Rochester

18. Cranbrook House Holiday Splendor

Take a tour of the Cranbrook House as it is decorated with classic and contemporary trees, trains, and other holiday settings. Santa will also be at Cranbrook, so make your reservations now for the Santa Sighting.

Cranbrook will be a collection site for Mittens for Detroit, so bring a pair of gloves or mittens to donate.

Admission: $20 for general public, $15 for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary Members, $10 for children ages 5-10, children under the age of 4 are free. Purchase your tickets here.

 When: Friday December 1 through Sunday, December 3. Hours Friday: 10:00 a.m.-4, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Cranbrook House 380 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

19. Noel Night

This is the 45th year that Noel Night has taken place in Midtown and the Cultural Center. There are more than 100 institutions taking part in Noel Night. There will be carriage rides, holiday shopping, crafts, and live performances.

You can find all of the information for Noel Night here.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations through Midtown and Cultural Center

20. Merry & Bright Nights at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Check out the Grosse Pointe estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford decked out for the holidays. There is a strolling holiday tour of the house. Get toasty by the fire with cocoa and s’mores outside for purchase. Kids can visit with Santa and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Admission: $20 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, children under 2 are free. You can purchase tickets here.

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, December 7-23

Where: The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236

21. Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

Enjoy the holidays on Detroit’s island jewel, Belle Isle. It’s free family friendly fun with an evening stroll through the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Belle Isle Nature Center, and the Detroit Boat Club. Cider, donuts, and good times!

Admission: Free

When: Friday, December 8 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle State Park

22. Menorah In The D

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this year by coming down to Cadillac Square when the 26-foot Menorah will be lit. There will be food, drinks, and family activities throughout the night.

You can find more information here.

Admission: Free

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cadillac Square 600 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan

23. 43rd Annual Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour

Take a stroll through historic Boston-Edison during the 43rd annual holiday home tour. This year five homes will be open to visitors of the tour.

Admission: $15 per person. You can purchase tickets online.

When: Sunday, December 15 from 9:40 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Check in for the tour at the Sacred Heart Seminary on the corner of Linwood Avenue and Chicago Boulevard.

24. Santa Pub Crawl Wyandotte

Get into the holiday spirit by going on this holiday inspired pub-crawl. Dress up like Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, or Grinch. Have a really ugly Christmas sweater? You can wear that too. There will be holiday cocktails at each bar, cookies, and a stocking.

Admission: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Saturday, December 15. Hours 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Where: Pub Crawl starts at Whiskey’s on the Water 2903 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

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Your Networking 5 For The Week Of November 14-20 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/networking-5-week-november-14-20/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/networking-5-week-november-14-20/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:03:12 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39535 It’s that time again for your weekly Networking 5.

Get those business cards ready to be passed out to all of those new contacts you’re about to make.

Ties Like Me Professional Networking

Bring a friend and your business cards to the Ties Like Me Networking event on Wednesday at the Overdrive Lounge inside the Motor City Casino.

Ties Like Me is the only LGBT community networking group that meets monthly around metro Detroit.

When: Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Motor City Casino 2901 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

2017 ProsperUS Detroit Fall Convening 

ProsperUS Detroit offers entrepreneurs training, business services, and micro lending to help people start their businesses.

They will be hosting their Fall Convening on Wednesday evening at The Jam Handy.

There will be a pitch competition, strolling dinner, and ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Showcase.

There is no admission, but you will need to register.

When: Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: The Jam Handy 2900 East Grand Boulevard Detroit, MI 48202

IT in the D November 2017 Casual Networking Social

You know the deal with the IT in the D Casual Networking socials. There are no agendas, no speeches, and no cover charge. Just head out and get to know some other people who work in your field.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Bob and Dave.

When: Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Nancy Whiskey’s 2644 Harrison Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Advancing Macomb Annual Meeting 

If you live, work, or own a business in Macomb County you should check out the Advaning Macomb Annual Meeting on Thursday morning.

Attendees will have a chance to meet and talk to business and public sector leaders from communities across Macomb County.

Tickets can be purchased online and they are $20 per person.

When: Thursday, November 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Where: Macomb Community College 14500 Twelve Mile Road Warren, MI 48088

Drop-In Co-Working at the SheHive

Ladies, if you are looking for a co-working space around Ferndale on Friday check out SheHive.

SheHive will be partnering with ellell & co. to bring this co-working session. They will be serving lunch at 1:00 p.m.

Do you know why I love co-working? I get to work on some stuff while meeting cool new people.

There is no admission, however SheHive does ask for a donation.

When: Friday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: SheHive 2505 Hilton Road #107 Ferndale, MI 48220

(A sponsored listing from the Detroit Regional Chamber is below)

Networking Reception

Nov. 27, 5:30 p.m. Little Caesars Arena

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s networking reception returns in November and features Detroit’s newest state-of-the-art venue, Little Caesars Arena. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with fellow Chamber member companies and local business leaders. Tours will be available for attendees.

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Fox & Friends First Fouls Up Fact About Oakland County & Immigrants http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/fox-friends-first-fouls-fact-oakland-county-helping-illegal-immigrants/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/14/fox-friends-first-fouls-fact-oakland-county-helping-illegal-immigrants/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:56:13 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39543 Fox & Friends First in a report this morning about places that offer free legal aid to those sometimes referred to as “undocumented” or “illegal” immigrants facing deportation made an error that, according to the Oakland County executive, is causing their office to get calls.

Fox & Friends First cribbed information from Mother Jones from “Immigrants Fighting Off Deportation Just Got a Huge Boost in These 11 Cities and Counties.”

Someone in the production process flipped Oakland/Alameda County in California, in the original piece, for Oakland County, Michigan.

The Fox & Friends First report that begins with campaign-like language praising President Trump goes on to name Oakland County as a county that “offers free legal help to illegal immigrants.”

“The report on Fox & Friends First couldn’t be further from the truth,” Oakland County, Mich. Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Their egregious reporting error has caused angry residents to call my office today. We have contacted a Fox & Friends producer to correct the story.”

In a release, the county government wanted to be clear that “Oakland County, Mich. is not providing any kind of free legal representation to illegal immigrants.”

Fox hasn’t corrected the segment, and until they take it down, we’ll embed it here. We present it without endorsement of the other facts or content within.

Now, back to ignoring the vapid cesspool that is most national TV news. Writing up this story reminded me why I got rid of cable television.

Be Smarter: Depending on what side of the political fence is being presented, you will see “undocumented” and “illegal” used in place of one another. Fox News is partisan to the right of the political spectrum; Mother Jones is to the left. You don’t see the world “illegal” once in the Mother Jones source story, meanwhile, throughout Fox News, they use the word “illegal” and never use the word “undocumented.” It’s a great clue to tell you how what you’re reading is slanted.

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SMART Releases Proposed Downtown Stops For New Regional Corridor Routes http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/10/smart-releases-proposed-stops-new-regional-corridor-routes/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/10/smart-releases-proposed-stops-new-regional-corridor-routes/#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:15:16 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39506 Editor’s note: This post has been updated with a new map from SMART as of Nov. 11, 2017.

Recently, the suburban bus system (The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation or SMART) unveiled a new set of three routes up Woodward, Gratiot, and Michigan avenues with stops every mile or so, Wi-Fi and service lead times as little as every 15 minutes and service 24 hours.

The routes would run from downtown Detroit to Metro Airport via Michigan, to 23 Mile in Chesterfield Township down Gratiot, and up Woodward to Pontiac via Troy.

The new lines will replace, at least in part, and expand upon the current REFLEX limited bus service that was being ran by the Regional Transit Authority, but the RTA has limited funds without a millage to support it. A  transit millage for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties was voted down last year.

As more details firm up in the process of figuring out exactly what this service will look like, SMART released a proposed map of downtown Detroit stops ahead a series of public hearings. We’ve embedded it below.

If you want to have your voice heard, here’s the schedule of public hearings coming up. There’s also more information at the SMART website.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 11:30 AM

SMART Downtown Offices

535 Griswold, Suite 600 | Detroit, MI  48226

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 5:00 PM

Oakland Community College, Southfield Campus

22322 Rutland Drive | Southfield, MI 48075-4793

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 5:00 PM

Mt. Clemens Public Library

150 Cass Avenue | Mt. Clemens, Michigan  48043

Friday, November 17, 2017 – 5:00 PM

John Dingell Transit Center

21201 Michigan Avenue | Dearborn, Michigan 48124

Monday, November 20, 2017 – 5:00 PM

Ferndale City Council Chambers

300 E. 9 Mile | Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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EYE CANDY: A Drone Tour Of Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/08/eye-candy-drone-tour-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/08/eye-candy-drone-tour-detroit/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:24:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39485 Shot over the summer, this video has some cool shots of Detroit and Royal Oak.

Vlogger JaYoe (Matthew Galat) was born in Detroit but now travels the world and lives in China, sharing his experiences on YouTube.

His channel has hundreds of videos from around the world and we found a neat one when he was visiting Detroit in August.

In the piece that is part drone footage part vlog, you can see Royal Oak, The Detroit Zoo, The Fisher Building, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle, Highland Park, the Michigan Central Station and some of Downtown Detroit.

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These Are The 10 Most In Demand Jobs In Metro Detroit Right Now http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/06/10-demand-jobs-metro-detroit-right-now/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/06/10-demand-jobs-metro-detroit-right-now/#respond Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:18:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39434 There are a variety of jobs that are in demand in a local economy right now.

In the latest report from the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), they focus on the top in-demand jobs in the Detroit metro area by number of unique job postings in the second quarter of this year. Postings overall are up 2 percent from last quarter.

For purposes of this report, we’re focusing on the Tri-county area of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties (including the city of Detroit). This includes a labor force of about 1.87 million people.

According to the data, the open jobs are in medical, sales and service fields. Here are the top ten, and here is the complete report.

10. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers


Restaurant managers and the like. 1,701 Postings.

9. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects


Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or information technology network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions. 1,744 Postings.

8. Managers, All Other

Basically a grab bag of different kinds of managers and supervisors. 2,341 Postings.

7. Customer Service Representatives


Interacts with customers. Places orders. Handles complaints. 2,523 Postings.

6. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

Retail managers. 2,549 Postings.

5. Retail Salespersons


Pretty self-explanatory. 3,540 Postings.

4. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products)

Sells goods from manufacturers or wholesalers to other businesses or groups of people (B2B sales). 4,219 Postings.

3. Application Software Developers


They make computer programs for a variety of platforms. 5,075 Postings.

2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers


Drives trucks and transportation equipment for industrial purposes. 6,383 Postings.

1. Registered Nurses


Nurses who are licensed to practice. 7,663 Postings.

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A Burger With A Mac & Cheese Bun? Meet The “Fat Dan” – Bob’s Detroit Burgers #1 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/05/burger-mac-cheese-bun-meet-fat-dan-bobs-detroit-burgers-1/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/05/burger-mac-cheese-bun-meet-fat-dan-bobs-detroit-burgers-1/#respond Sun, 05 Nov 2017 18:14:57 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39421 So what happens when there’s a burger with a Mac and Cheese bun, jalapeños, beer cheese, and bacon?

You get the “Fat Dan” from Ale Mary’s Beer Hall. We saw it on the internet and had to try it out.

On a whim (like a lot of the things we do), Bob Waltenspiel and Dave Phillips who host the Worst Meatball Sandwich Ever podcast joined us to check it out in downtown Royal Oak.

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5 Cool Baby Stores Around Metro Detroit That Aren’t Big Boxes http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/03/5-cool-baby-stores-around-metro-detroit-arent-big-boxes/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/03/5-cool-baby-stores-around-metro-detroit-arent-big-boxes/#respond Sat, 04 Nov 2017 01:20:53 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39409 Are you a soon to be mom looking for cool things for the nursery? Maybe you are in need for a cool baby gift for a baby shower, but you don’t want to shop at a big box store?

If this sounds like you, then I have you covered. Having a toddler means I have spent my fair share shopping for all kinds of things for him.

Most of the time I look to small businesses to purchase items because I like supporting local mom and pop stores.

Like all of our lists, I have personally visited each store on this list and this is my own opinion after doing the research.

Beautiful Beginnings Baby Boutique & More

The name of the store might be a bit of a tongue twister, but this baby boutique offers some really great products for those with babies and toddlers.

Beautiful Beginnings Baby Boutique & More carries mid to higher end clothing for infants and up to 4T. They also have baby furniture, accessories and an amazing selection of children’s books.

If you happen to be in Boca Raton, Florida be sure to check out their other location.

29875 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48034

Modern Natural Baby

This Ferndale baby store has held a special place in my heart since I had my son. This is not the first time I have included this store in one of my lists. They made our Small Business Saturday list last year.

Modern Natural Baby is my go-to recommendation when a friend or acquaintance is looking to cloth diaper their new baby.

They carry everything you need from postpartum care, breastfeeding, diapering, baby carriers, car seats and strollers, toys, and clothing.

Everyone who works in this store is knowledgeable and friendly. If you have a question about a car seat they have two car seat technicians. Need a new baby carrier? They can help you find the right one.

200 W. 9 Mile Road Suite B Ferndale Michigan 48220

DCreated Boutique

If you are in need of a unique baby gift then you need to check out this baby boutique located in the heart of the Avenue of Fashion.

Everything in DCreated Boutique is had made in the store, so there might only be a handful of each outfit.

The clothes are cute and hip while also being reasonable. There is something for every budget.

DCreated Boutique make number 10 on our list of 28 Things To Do in Marvin Gaye’s Old Neighborhood.

19480 Livernois Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48211

Little High Flyers

Little High Flyers baby boutique

This cute boutique popped onto my radar last December when I was driving down Cass Avenue in Midtown. I turned around and ended up checking it out and writing a post about the store.

Little High Flyers carries these really cute pilot hats, clothing, shoes, and wall decor for children.

4240 Cass Avenue Suite 106 Detroit, Michigan 48201

Connie’s Children Shop

Photo courtesy of Connie’s Children’s Shop Facebook page

If you live on the Eastside and have had to buy a baby gift, then you know all about Connie’s in Saint Clair Shores.

This store has been around since 1954, so they obviously have been doing something right.

Connie’s carries clothing for babies up to children. If I need an outfit for a special event I go to Connie’s first.

23240 Greater Mack Avenue Saint Clair Shores, Michigan 48080

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REPORTS: Duggan’s Auto Insurance Reform Plan Fails In State House http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/03/reports-duggans-auto-insurance-reform-plan-fails-state-house/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/11/03/reports-duggans-auto-insurance-reform-plan-fails-state-house/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:08:39 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39385 Auto insurance reform in the city of Detroit and Michigan will have to wait until another day, if it happens at all.

According to a report in Crain’s, after intense lobbying a bi-partisan plan spearheaded by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan failed 45-63.

Aligned against the plan were lobbyists from hospitals, medical systems like Henry Ford Health Systems and the Detroit Medical Center as well as personal injury attorneys. Their efforts managed to make it so that only four Democrats signed on. Out-state democrats were against the bill as well as some Detroit ones.

The bill would have given people the option to buy auto insurance with a capped benefits at $250,000 between post-hospitalization and emergency services, as well as a host of other details that the Freep has here.

Critics believed the bill didn’t address redlining, where rates are higher in poor or areas with more people of color. Some also believe that we should keep unlimited medical benefits after an accident (Michigan is the only state in the nation to offer them), and some wanted a hard guarantee that the bill would lower rates.

Our Quick Take: Yes, redlining is an issue. But until costs are somehow control on the medical care side (a lot of people think the cost of insurance is high in Detroit because of theft, it’s not, it’s the medical care portion), we’re never going to see significantly lower auto insurance rates and Michigan will continue to have the highest rates in the nation and be the most expensive state to own a car.

This bill had issues, but down the line something has to give to reduce the costs and it seems there’s little will to give anything and compromise. There’s also lot of money being made by a lot of people along the chain, so there’s a lot of incentive to keep the system as it is.

Despite Duggan saying he’s going to push again next year, auto insurance reform (more than a few percent around for the edges) through legislative means is probably a dead duck for the foreseeable future.

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